Final Premier League table predicted by simulation – and it is not good news for Tottenham
Before the Premier League season was officially suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tottenham had suffered a significant dip of form after failing to win their last six matches across all competitions.
Exits from the FA Cup and Champions League coincided with a number of dropped points in the Premier League, showing a revival is needed when football resumes.
So what will happen when the Premier League resumes? Can Spurs turn their form around? Will the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United keep up the pace?
We used Football Manager 2020 to predict how Spurs will perform in the final ten Premier League matches – just for fun.
Football Manager 2020 predicts final 2019/20 Premier League table
To set up this simulation, we got hold of a custom save game which had accurate results, league table and future fixtures as of March 13, 2020.
This meant we could simulate the rest of the season to see how the Premier League played out in the final few games of the season.
Check out the accurate league table below as of March 13 2020.
This is what happened when we simulated the rest of the games, with Spurs hunting down a top six place.
March 15 – Tottenham vs Manchester United
Goals from Lucas Moura and Bruno Fernandes saw Spurs and United share the spoils.
March 20 – Tottenham vs West Ham
Spurs strolled to victory against West Ham courtesy of goals from Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon.
April 4 – Sheffield United vs Tottenham
Victory on the road, with goals from Alli and the opposition, saw Spurs secure their second win in a row.
April 11 – Tottenham vs Everton
A third win on the bounce followed, with Steven Bergwijn scoring the only goal against Everton.
April 18 – Bournemouth vs Tottenham
The streak was extended against Bournemouth, with Troy Parrott, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min all finding the back of the net.
April 26 – Tottenham vs Arsenal
The winning streak came to an end in the North London derby, as Arsenal secured a 3-1 win despite Sissoko netting first.
May 2 – Newcastle vs Tottenham
A dramatic victory at St. James Park saw four goals in the first half and five overall, with Spurs ending as victors.
May 9 – Tottenham vs Leicester
Spurs secured a fine victory in their penultimate match of the season, with Bergwijn, Sissoko and Alli scoring against Leicester.
May 17 – Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
On the final day, the spoils were shared with Palace as Alli and Wilfried Zaha exchanged goals.
So, how would those results effect the final 2019/20 Premier League table for Spurs? Let’s take a look at the updated Premier League table with 38 games played.
Tottenham’s inconsistency continued into the final matches of the season proved to be a significant detriment, as Jose Mourinho’s side finished seventh.
Agonisingly, just four more points in the final ten games would have seen Spurs secure a top-four finish instead of Manchester United.
Mourinho’s side secured 20 points from a possible 30, which isn’t a bad return, but Spurs would certainly want slightly more in the push for a top-four finish.
We’ll have to wait and see on how things actually pan out but finishing below United, Chelsea and Arsenal would be a huge blow for Tottenham!
What do you make of this Football Manager simulation?